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Walter Lippmann



    The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on.

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    The genius of a good leader is to leave behind him a situation which common sense, without the grace of genius, can deal with successfully.

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    It requires wisdom to understand wisdom: the music is nothing if the audience is deaf.

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    The radical novelty of modern science lies precisely in the rejection of the belief... that the forces which move the stars and atoms are contingent upon the preferences of the human heart.

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    What we call a democratic society might be defined for certain purposes as one in which the majority is always prepared to put down a revolutionary minority.

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    When men can no longer be theists, they must, if they are civilized, become humanists.

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    In government offices which are sensitive to the vehemence and passion of mass sentiment public men have no sure tenure. They are in effect perpetual office seekers, always on trial for their political lives, always required to court their restless constituents.

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    The thinker dies, but his thoughts are beyond the reach of destruction. Men are mortal; but ideas are immortal.

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    Where all men think alike, no one thinks very much.

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    Men who are "orthodox" when they are young are in danger of being middle-aged all their lives

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    It is impossible to abolish either with a law or an ax the desires of men

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    The principles of the good society call for a concern with an order of being -- which cannot be proved existentially to the sense organs -- where it matters supremely that the human person is inviolable, that reason shall regulate the will. . .

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    Only the consciousness of a purpose that is mightier than any man and worthy of all men can fortify and inspirit and compose the souls of men

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